Polyketides are a class of secondary metabolites produced by certain living organisms in order to impart to them some survival advantage. Many mycotoxins produced by fungi are polyketides.

Structurally, polyketides are complex organic compounds that are often highly active biologically. Many pharmaceuticals are derived from or inspired by polyketides.

Geldanamycin, a useful antibiotic.

Doxycycline, another important antibiotic.

Erythromycin, an antibiotic.

Aflatoxin B1 one of the most carcinogenic compounds known.

This page was last edited on 14 March 2018, at 19:26.
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